Southwell Ducking Stool

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A short note

In his History of Southwell published in 1818 Richard Phillips Shilton stated that within the memory of some of the older inhabitants, there was, at the water mill, a then useless machine known by the name of the ducking stool.

Another Nottinghamshire authors, John Potter Briscoe, writing in 1870 (Nottinghamshire Facts and Fictions) said that it was the ducking stool where "ladies who had 'overstepped the modesty of nature' in their declamations, or perhaps showed too much of the animal', were secured, and treated to a little salutary aquatic purgation.”

John Potter BRISCOE, Nottinghamshire Facts and Fictions Nottingham: Shepherd Bros., 1870

Does anyone know where other Ducking Stools were located in Nottinghamshire?

This page was added by John Farjeon on 11/01/2013.
Comments about this page

In Newark there is a 'Cucktool Wharf' beide the R. Trent (jut below Newark Catle) which take it name from the fact that a ducking tool wa once located here

By Edna Welthorpe
On 02/05/2014

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